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LAB DIVISION HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DUE
The nominating committee of the Lab Division Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for its 2018 inductees. Nominations are due June 22, and forms and guidelines can be found on the Lab Division page of The Vision Council's website. The 2018 Lab Division Hall of Fame will be held in September during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.


COLA HONORS DAVID RIPS AT SPRING MEETING
David Rips, president of Younger Optics, was honored at COLA's annual spring meeting held April 26 to 27 at the Temecula Creek Inn at Temecula, CA. Rips was honored for his contribution to lens manufacturing with products such as Trilogy, Camber, Transitions Drivewear and NuPolar. About 100 attendees gathered to network and learn about the latest news and events affecting the industry. Topics included human resources issues and quality improvement, plus updates on California's Proposition 65 and the new Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC).


VICKI MASLIAH APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT FEA INDUSTRIES
Morton, PA-based FEA Industries appointed Vicki Masliah director of professional development. She will be responsible for developing FEA's new Focus Education Alliance program that will offer customized in-office training, regional forums and continuing education for ECPs and office staff. Masliah has worked in the optical industry for 45 years, starting as a dispensing optician and then in lens manufacturing and prescription fabrication.


OCUCO'S INNOVATIONS AND LABZILLA GROUPS MEET IN FL
Labs that use Innovations and Labzilla lab management systems gathered in Clearwater Beach, FL, May 3 to 4 for training workshops and networking with other users. The two-day event included talks and breakout sessions on backup and disaster recovery, electronic services including Lablink and 3D Viewer and new features of Innovations. Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council's Lab Division liaison, gave a talk on "Promoting Growth in the Vision Care Industry," and Luxexcel hosted a reception at Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab in Largo, FL, where attendees saw a demonstration Luxexcel's 3D lens printing platform.





EXCIMER LASER ENGRAVER FROM OPTOTECH
Available in both manual and full-automatic versions, OptoTech's OTL 100 CNC-A Excimer Laser Engraver features smooth, crack-free engraving by cold ablation for high quality visible, semi-visible and non-visible markings on any material on up to 240 lenses per hours, depending on engraving. Software includes a layout editor, command section, file administration statistics and a remote diagnosis system. 877.412.8350 OptoTech.US


LENS DIVISION LAUNCHES EPIC
The Lens Division of The Vision Council launched the Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC), which replaces the printed version that had been produced biannually. Lens manufacturers can now directly manage and update data. Managers will need to create new accounts to update existing lenses and add records. To see available lenses and manage data, visit http://epic.thevisioncouncil.org


KODAK UNIQUE DRO PRGRESSIVE LENSES
KODAK Unique DRO Progressive Lenses provide clear distance vision while optimizing the reading zone that supports prolonged viewing of mobile devices. Unique DRO Progressive Lenses utilize Dynamic Reading Optimization (DRO) technology, which improves overall optics and reduces oblique astigmatic errors in the reading area. The full backside progressive lens design with Vision First Design and i-Sync is available in six corridor lengths and more than 60 materials. 800.759.4630, SignetArmorlite.com; KodakLens.com/Pro.





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